Post # 1
Just starting to do research into baby gear, and I was looking for opinions.
Where I live, we drive almost everywhere. The only place I could really picture using a stroller is at the mall. I also like to take walks, but I’m due in October and the winters here are brutal, so I probably wouldn’t need a stroller for walking until the baby is 6+ months old.
I’m just not sure if I want to spend a bunch of money on a nice stroller or travel system that I’ll hardly ever use.
I figure for trips to Target/Grocery Store/Restaurants..etc, I’ll just take the carseat in and put it in on the shopping cart.
What do other suburban bees do?
Post # 4
Get a Bjorn (used one if you can!) for the first 6 months. Then, just get an umbrella stoller- much cheaper than a huge travel system you will not use. That is what i did with my 2nd daughter after never using the big travel stroller with my first.
Post # 5
I used my double stroller with my girls a lot and have decided to purchase one for this baby, too. I live in RI, so winter isn’t exactly mild. Especially at first though, it’s nice to just get outside and walk with the baby. Plus, we do museums/zoos/etc a lot and it’s easier (for me) to use a stroller with a little storage underneath it rather than carry the baby everywhere.
I don’t have a travel system thing, though. I have a jogging stroller and then an attachment to fit various carseats. I don’t like the travel systems because most of them do not have carseats that are ranked well on safety sites.
You can definitely live without a stroller if you aren’t in the city, but it’s nice to have.
Post # 6
Darling Husband apparently decided he was in charge of the stroller department and he settled on the Bugaboo Chameleon 3. We saw everything from Orbit Baby to Quinny to UppaBaby and he really liked the handling and the look of the Bugaboo Chameleon. We live in the suburbs too and drive everywhere, but we are not planning to get a infant bucket seat (just the infant/toddler convertible) and we liked the pram/bassinet option for trips to other people’s homes. In addition, because of the bassinet option, we can take walks earlier (and winters here are mild) and we love to walk at the malls/by the beach/etc.
Post # 7
I couldn’t live without a stroller. I do walk every day and then to go to shopping, run errands, etc. Car seats actually do not fit in a lot of marriages at stores so you may be lugging the baby around when trying to shop. I’m very active so I do have a higher end jogging stroller, but if you won’t use it that often I recommend getting a carriage that goes with the car seat so you can just pop the car seat on top and go.
Post # 8
@ExcitedScaredBee: I used to work for Target and we had a whole safety session about carts & car seats. It can be dangerous- they aren’t a perfect fit and the whole seat can tumble! Unless you plan to put baby in the big part, but where do groceries go???
Post # 9
They have a carseat frame stroller — 70 dollars or so? You can get one of those that is made by the manufacturer your carseat is – and it will just snap your carseat into it and still has storage and whatnot… and then later down the road you can just get a cheapo umbrella stroller…. the frame is super light too so thats another plus.
I am like you – i can’t really figure out when I would use this thing. I got a jogging stroller as a gift/hand me down. I registered for the travel system and then also the frame I just mentioned and a nicer umbrella stroller with a tray for when she is older. I just wanted to get them all and then decide later and return bc I am unsure. Maybe once she is here I will find one of them to be necessary.
Post # 10
Definitely used my stroller a ton. Had a really nice travel system my mom gave us. Used it for walks when it got warm, at the mall is a must. The zoo, aquarium, vacation. An umbrella stroller is cheap but they are for bigger kids. I did have one of those sling things (like the baby bjorn but a different brand). Dd loved it but I couldn’t wear it for hours.
Post # 11
I used a Snap N Go, which is a frame where you attach the infant bucket car Seat. It’s super light and fairly inexpensive. Later you can get a umbrella stroller when the baby isn’t using the bucket car seat anymore.
Post # 12
I used a stroller with all 3 kids and am planning on getting a system with this baby as well. while my dh doesn’t think a stroller is necessary, we decided to get the jogging stroller system. We both love to run and like the option of being able to jog with baby. Plus for where we live, the jogging stroller just makes more sense… bonus it comes with a carseat.
Post # 13
I’ve been researching this too. It seems that you are better off with the infant car seat plus frame instead of a big travel system, then switch to a booster seat and umbrella stroller when they’re older. You can get an infant car seat plus base and a frame for $200 new. Graco has a good inexpensive one, or for a little more the Chicco gets a lot of rave reviews.
Post # 14
@Spottts: This is our plan too. Snugride Graco car seats have excellent saftey ratings and then the snap n’ go style stroller (not this exact one, since the height of the handles aren’t adjustable.) I also plan on baby wearing for the first few months. We probably aren’t leaving the house for say the zoo or anything for the first 4-5 months due to cold snowy winters anyway. IMO it’s not worth spending more than a few hundred for a stroller that won’t be used much.
On Amazon the stroller is about $80 and the car seats from $77-$180, the bases are about $40.